Usually when I write posts I try and come up with a charming or funny story to regale you with. Using this formula I tell a story about my life, something that happened, whatever, and then when you’re not even expecting it (except you totally are) I tie it back into the recipe. And then I tell you why I made the recipe, what I liked/didn’t like about it, and usually end it with words like “delicious.” Because cooking wise, I’m lucky enough to have more delicious nights that fail nights.
Tonight was a fail night. First of all, I have been sick for 8 days. With a cold. WITH A COLD*. I’m going to admit something that is not going to help my street cred, but on a regular basis I come into contact with 4 people, with few exceptions. Three people at work, one fiance. If any of them gets sick, no matter how minor it is, I am sick within hours. And for five or six times as long as them. Imagine what my life was like when I was a preschool teacher. Awful. That was also the year I got shingles. It’s almost as though karma is paying me back for all those kids I dunked under when I was a swim instructor. And all those times I dressed my brother Ryan up like a girl.
Anyway, so I’m sick. But I go to work because I’ve missed a few days and I need to go to work. It’s a long day because my cold has moved to my chest and I have this cough that makes me feel awful. When I get home I get start making a recipe that I am planning on sharing tonight. Seared (organic) yellowfin tuna with jalapeño, cilantro, ginger, avocado, and lime. I am going to tell you about my father’s winter as a commercial tuna fisherman. Instead, the tuna was bad. And after a little breakdown on my kitchen floor I thr0w together a pizza (with a tomato from a seed that we harvested last year, which would be more exciting if I weren’t sick and pissed off about the tuna) and pour myself a glass of wine. And posted this hush puppies recipe. Because I’m sick and I’d been storing it for the night when I needed to get a post out but just couldn’t. Which is tonight. Plus, hush puppies are awesome, you should make them. Delicious.
*Turns out I am sick with an acute upper respiratory infection, plus a dash of bronchitis and a hint of sinusitis. At least my body keeps it interesting, right?
1 cup corn meal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
Pinch of paprika
Pinch of cayenne
Pinch of garlic powder
Salt & pepper
Peanut oil for frying
Begin by mixing dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg and buttermilk. Combine wet and dry ingredients, and use your hands to form 1/2″ round balls.
Heat your oil in a large skillet. You want your oil to be deep enough that the puppies can be totally immersed. You’ll know when your oil is hot enough if bubbles form around a wooden spoon.
Drop each ball into the fryer. Use a spoon to push them around so they’re sure to get cooked on both side. Cook until golden brown- 3 or 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels so they can dry through and through.